I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. While making my gluten and dairy free green bean casserole, I started thinking about how great it would be if Durkee would make gluten free fried onions. I managed to find gluten free fried onions online, but it was an almost impossible task. Aldi’s has a gluten free version, but the nearest store was 30 minutes away, and there was not guarantee they would not be out of them.
Sometimes when shopping, looking at all of the things I have had to give up, I wonder why companies haven’t jumped on the lucrative gluten-free bandwagon and started making gluten free versions of their popular products.
These are some of my favorite products I wish came in gluten free/dairy free versions:
I have failed miserably at making gluten free biscuits. Oh for a good gluten and dairy free refrigerator biscuit. Pillsbury now makes gluten free cookie and pie dough. Why not expand into gluten free biscuits?
I’ve pretty much given up canned soup. Progresso does make some gluten free soups, but they are hard to locate and most have dairy. I actually spent about 20 minutes once looking from shelf to shelf trying to find the gluten-free Progresso soups in and among the regular soups. I finally surrendered in defeat. I grew up with Campbell’s soups. I am disappointed that they have not developed gluten-free versions of their soups.
They do list a few gluten-free soups on their website:
Campbell’s Organic Soup (Aseptic)
Chicken Tortilla, Creamy Butternut Squash, Garden Vegetable with Herbs, Lentil, Sun-Ripened Tomato and Basil Bisque
Again, most of these have dairy. I am sure they could make gluten and dairy free versions of their soups. Notice they are all “organic” which means overpriced. And I would love to eat some chicken noodle!
Sure, making your own gluten-free gravy is really easy, but sometimes you just want to open a jar. I’m sure that Heinz could make their gravies gluten free.
Chef Boyardee canned pasta
Who didn’t grow up loving Chef Boyardee ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs? And we can’t forget Beefaroni!
A staple in my house growing up, I really miss it. Yes, I can make rice pilaf, but it’s just not the same.
These are just some of the products I am hoping will eventually have gluten free versions. I have contacted all of these companies to voice my opinion. You should too!
It would be really helpful if stores would not lump gluten free items in with regular items. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack. I’m sure we’ve all grabbed the wrong version at some point. It’s really frustrating. Stores should have dedicated gluten and dairy free sections, and ALL items should be in these sections. AND-gluten free sections should not have displays of gluten items right next to them!!!!
What products have you had to give up due to gluten intolerance? Would you like to see a gluten free version? Let me know in the comments!